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Sinus Problems board

Hello, :wave:

Is there a blood pressure med that won't cause nasal/sinus congestion? I've been a sinus mess since 10/05 when I was started on Lisinopril/HCTZ (cough & difficulty swallowing plus congestion) and now Cozaar which is an ACE II drug. I am having a heck of a time not being able to breathe through my nose, severe sinus pressure and yucky post nasal drip. I have been taking benedryl round the clock which helps a little, but it causes sleepiness. My husband told me last night I snored like a lumberjack :rolleyes:

What makes it bad for me is I feel panicky when I can't breathe out of my nose. :eek: Sometimes I simply cannot sleep because I'm so uncomfortable.

Is there any BP med that doesn't cause blood vessels in the nose to expand?- apparently that's what is causing the problem. I had the same thing during both of my pregnancies - lots of congestion due to a similar hormonal thing. I left a message with my doc asking her to please switch me to something else - she comes back from vacation next week.

I am taking prednisone for a stupid condition called polymyalgia rheumatica since 7/05 and that is what caused my BP to skyrocket. Thankfully, that dosage is coming down - now at 5 mg per day and I believe that will decrease to 2.5 mg in 8 weeks. I started weight watchers today and began exercising.

Anyway, sorry to go on so long. Sorry for the whine - guess I'm feeling a bit lonely and frustrated. Does anyone have any tips for me and my stupid nose? Am I the only one all stuffed up? I can't smell smells anymore or taste food. Well, maybe that will help me lose this 20 pounds? :D

Thanks for reading. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
- Linda